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In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
A film by James Cullingham

57 minutes, color, English, 2012
DVD packaged in a certified Green Forestry eco pack

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Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz.

In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist and provocateur. Interviewees include The Who's Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Calexico's Joey Burns and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento.

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"If you didn't already admire Fahey's music, you may be searching for more of it after seeing this documentary." -The New York Times

""Excellent! Newcomers and fans alike will find a lot to treasure here." -Film Journal

"Eclectic, haunting, engaging." -The Village Voice

"As spare and intimate and engaging as some of Fahey's finest recordings." -Willamette Weekly

"Mesmerizing." -This Week in New York

"In Search of Joe Blind Death is an admirable success. John Fahey, heavy-lidded eyes and Muppet-like voice, stays weird (and weirdly fascinating) throughout." -Cinema Sentries

"The documentary casts a lingering spell, drawing you into its richly textured reveries with gorgeous new cinematography, archival footage, current-day storytellers and even artful animation."-Blues Rag

"This guitar master combined folk, blues, avant-garde, and ambient music into an otherworldly style, inspiring everyone from Sonic Youth to Sufjan Stevens." -Pitchfork


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Disc Features

●  Rare John Fahey Performance Footage
●  John Fahey Speaks: Woodburn Inn, 1999
●  Performances by Chris Funk, Jimmy Crosthwait, George Winston & others
●  Extended Interviews with Pete Townshend, Dean Blackwood & Joe Bussard

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